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Packers vs Falcons – Live Streaming, Odds & Prediction For Week 2 Game

In theory, every NFL game is equally important, with a win or a loss counting in the standings exactly the same whether you beat the crap out of the Jets or struggle your way to a win against the Patriots. In reality, though, circumstance and opponent lengthen the shadows behind certain contests.

This Packers game is one such contest. It’s the first primetime game of the season for the Atlanta Falcons, and their very first game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s a chance to run their record to 2-0, beat the team they took out in the NFC Conference Championship a year ago, and make more headway toward dispelling the idea of a Super Bowl hangover. A win would also be a blow against a team that will almost certainly factor into the playoff picture in the NFC South, and could pay dividends late in the year when the Falcons are making their own postseason push, or so one prays.

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So there are a lot of narratives here, and a lot of reasons to think a win will be a huge boon for the Falcons and their fans. While the Packers got blown off the field in the playoffs by Atlanta, this is a team with two new coordinators and some kinks to work out, and the Packers certainly do not appear significantly diminished this season after dispatching the Seahawks in an ugly battle in Week 1. Chances are good this will come down to the wire, and that a victory will do wonders for this team’s confidence.

Packers vs Falcons Game Info:

Time: Sunday, September 17, 8:20 p.m. EST

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

TV Channel: NBC

Announcers: Booth: Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth Sideline: Michele Tafoya

Live Stream: Watch NFL HD Stream Here

Falcons Keys to Victory

Get Pressure on Aaron Rodgers: Even though the Falcons were able to get four sacks on Sunday afternoon against the Bears, they couldn’t consistently get any push on the defensive line. We truly do have to give credit to the Bears’ offensive line, as the only times Atlanta got to Mike Glennon was when the play broke down. That being said, the Falcons have to play better on the defensive-line against Green Bay. If Rodgers has time to throw the football and go through his progressions, the Dirty Birds will be in major trouble.

Stay Committed to Running the Football: While most people are expecting this to be a shoot-out between Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, I believe that the Falcons’ biggest key to victory will be staying committed to running the ball. Atlanta tried to get the ground game going against Chicago, but the Bears were getting great push on the line and gave Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman zero opportunities for the big play. If the Falcons can end this game around 100 rushing yards, don’t be shocked to see the Dirty Birds knock off the Pack for the third-straight time.

Packers Keys to Victory

Stop Julio Jones: This is probably the biggest “Well Duh” point that I have ever written, but it couldn’t be more true for the Packers on Sunday night. Julio Jones was one of the biggest X-factors in the NFC Championship, as he went for 180 total receiving yards against Green Bay. With major injuries to the Pack’s secondary, Ryan and Jones found a strong connection all game long. That said, Green Bay has to take their chances on double-teaming Jones this weekend. Yes, Atlanta has offensive play-makers all around, but none of them are as dangerous as Jones.

Attack, Attack, Attack: This is an important key for both the Packers defensive unit on Sunday night. When the Falcons offense gets going, it’s extremely hard to stop. That said, they must send pressure on Matt Ryan throughout the entire game. Green Bay doesn’t possess a defensive-secondary that can take over a game, but things can be made easier if the line can get to Ryan. The Falcons’ offensive-line struggled against Chicago last weekend, which means there’s a chance Green Bay can takeover in this aspect of the game on Sunday as well.

Odds

Point Spread: Atlanta -2.5
Moneyline: Green Bay +104, Atlanta -105
Over/Under: 53.5

Prediction

As usual, the Falcons and Packers are going to give everyone one heck of a football game to watch. With two NFL MVP quarterbacks at the helm, two great coaches and two passionate fanbases, this could be the game of the season.

That being said, I think the Falcons’ will bounce back defensively from a rough first weekend in Chicago and get to Aaron Rodgers multiple times on Sunday Night Football. Atlanta wins this game in exciting fashion.

Pick: Green Bay Packers: 31, Atlanta Falcons 35

Packers vs. Falcons 2016 live stream: Start time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Going by last season, the Green Bay Packers were expected to be among the top teams in the league this year, while the Atlanta Falcons should have been among the worst. That can still play out over the next several weeks of play, of course, but through seven weeks of the season, the Packers have barely fared better, sitting at 4-2 while Atlanta holds a 4-3 record.

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How to Watch Packers vs. Falcons on Sunday
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

TV: FOX

Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews

Live Stream: Watch NFL HD Stream Here

On Sunday, Atlanta will try and halt a losing skid when they host the Packers, who broke a skid of their own in their last outing. The game will be broadcast on FOX, with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET and a live stream online available via FOX Sports GO.

The Falcons bested both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in back-to-back games, beating both of last season’s Super Bowl teams. But since then, they have suffered two very tough losses. The first was a narrow two-point loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The most recent was a hard-to-swallow overtime defeat at the hands of the San Diego Chargers, a team just about everyone expected would lose the game.

While the Falcons missed many opportunities to put the game away before overtime, the blame for the loss can be placed on head coach Dan Quinn. That’s because Quinn decided to go for it on fourth down on Atlanta’s side of the field in overtime. The Chargers barely needed to move the ball after that failed attempt, kicked a field goal, and won the game.

Atlanta is the favorite in the NFC South due to the Panthers collapsing, the New Orleans Saints completely lacking a defense and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still being a little too young and raw to really consistently win games. But then again, the Buccaneers aren’t that far back and even the one-win Panthers aren’t technically out of it.

The Falcons need to halt their losing streak sooner rather than later, and they need to do it against a Packers team that has surprisingly struggled on the offensive side of the ball.

Green Bay has only lost two games this season, but Aaron Rodgers was actually the source of their struggles over the first few weeks of the season. Rodgers hasn’t thrown for nearly as many yards as usual, averaging just 239.3 yards per game, which is definitely low for him. But he did get things back on track in the team’s last game, and as it turns out all he needed was to beat down the rival Chicago Bears to do so.

After throwing three touchdowns against three interceptions in his previous two games, Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions while completing 69.6 percent of his passes against the Bears.

Rodgers and Matt Ryan are two of the best quarterbacks in the game, and like many Green Bay and Atlanta games this year, this one could easily be a high-level quarterback duel culminating in a shootout.

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